Flag burning amendment:I tried to muster up an opinion, pro or con, regarding this, I really did. I pushed, I pulled, I strained. Nothing. I just don't care one way or the other on whether burning the flag should be banned. Here's the deal: Our flag is an important symbol and burning it or otherwise desecrating it offends me. It's a provocative act intended to offend. But lots of things offend me. Obese people in spandex. Al Gore. Overpriced shots of Jim Beam. We all choose how to react to things that offend us and in the case of people who want to burn the flag, I choose to note their act and weigh their political positions accordingly. They are asshats who have no respect for others and that's that.
The flip side is that if it had passed, this nation would not be slipping down the slope to totalitarianism. That's just infantile hysteria. We regulate public conduct all the time and a good bit of that is based on what offends people and nothing else. One of the things that makes us a free people is that to a large degree, we get to choose through our legislatures, what we do or do not want to allow in the public commons. Calling flag burning "protected speech" has always seemed a bit of a stretch to me and if the majority wants to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit it it's not the end of the world. Call me when they start regulating spandex use.
Hamdan decision: The spin is on from all sides and the operative phrase is: remain calm. I don't know about you but it's going to take me a few days to get through the bullshit on this one. The biggest thing that concerns me is what the Supreme Court seems to have ruled on the application of the Geneva Conventions to terrorists. This could be a good opportunity to debate, in a thoughtful way, just what protections civilized societies should grant to terrorists who will use any means to destroy them.......hahahaha, sorry. Lost my head there for a second.
Iraq: Interesting news on the negotiations front. I noticed that this was downplayed or dismissed in a few MSM stories. If it continues to move forward though, it's the beginning of the end phase. Will it move forward? Who knows? The Iraqi Prime Minister seems pretty determined to unify the country and I think he has a pretty good chance to do just that. This should have happened back in February or March and it shows just how much damage the delay in forming this Iraqi government did. Whether that delay was inevitable or even necessary is debatable. Regardless, it's another good sign and an opportunity for progress. Where it goes we'll just have to see.